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By Orson Scott Card

Broken Houses

A grasp craftsman, Don Lark may well repair every little thing other than what mattered, his personal soul. After tragedy claimed the only factor he enjoyed, he begun trying to find dilapidated homes to shop for, renovate, and resell at a profit--giving those empty shells the second one likelihood at lifestyles he denied himself.

Damaged Souls

Then in a quiet Southern city, Lark reveals his largest problem: a squalid but stable mansion that has suffered many years of abuse by the hands of grasping landlords and brief tenants. whereas fascinating outdated neighbor women ply him with scrumptious cooking, they give dire warnings concerning the house's evil previous. yet there's something approximately this development that pushes Lark on, while its enchantments develop more and more ominous. Will completing the home provide Lark redemption, or unharness the darkest forces of damnation upon him?

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